MITCHELL – James William “Jim” Hornocker, Jr., 68, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.
Born July 22, 1951, in Bedford, he was the son of James William and Deloris (Reichman) Hornocker, Sr. He married Mary Lou Suddarth May 17, 2011.
Jim served six years as a Mitchell Police Officer and retired from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department with 35 years of service. He held the rank of captain for 29 years. He was a U. S. Army veteran, held the rank of Master Sergeant, and was a member of American Legion Post No. 250. Jim was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 14 F&AM and La-Or-Ma Shrine Club. He was a founding member of Spring Mill Fraternal Order of Police and dedicated his life to law enforcement. Jim was a member of Avoca Baptist Church and a graduate of Bedford High School in 1969. Jim raised horses, was a horse farrier, and spent lots of time with his friends at horse camps. Jim was a fan of NASCAR and the Indianapolis Colts. He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters, Megan and Miranda, and his dog, Sluggo.
Mary Lou Hornocker of Mitchell
Cassie (Paul) Terry of Orleans
Dustin Roberts of North Carolina
Kyle Roberts of Mitchell
Miranda Terry of Bloomington
Megan Terry of Orleans
Emma Roberts of Mitchell
Dylan Roberts of New Palestine
Jaxon Roberts of Mitchell
Brennan (Leslie) Winkler of Mitchell
Abigail (Cody) Combs of Bedford
Karen Hughes of Bedford
Sherry (Mick) Slessinger of Ellettsville
Travis (Jenny) Shofner of Bedford
Blayne Slessinger of Ellettsville
Jennifer (Mike) Bierbaum of Bedford
Bobbie Jo Pike of Scipio
several step nieces and nephews whom he cared for dearly
His parents preceded him in death.
Private family service will be Monday, May 4, at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Chaplain Jeff Nikirk will officiate.
Memorial Gifts: Spring Mill Fraternal Order of Police No. 172